Imagine driving a Porsche; the excitement building in your stomach as you sit behind the wheel of one of the most admired cars. How about jet-setting to Marrakech for a whirlwind 24 hours in the enchanting capital city of Morocco? The thrill and mystery of an unknown destination reaching new limits, as you calculate how much you might be able to squeeze into one day. Now imagine that you’re getting paid to do this. Sounds like a perfect travel job, don’t you think?
Sit back and prepared to be inspired, as Phillip shares his travel job insights with you.
Q. What is your job?
I’m a Support Driver for a Classic Porsche 911 Rally Team/manufacturer.
Q. What is the best part of your job?
I’m on the road for most of the time.
Q. What is a typical day like?
I usually start work at 8:30am and finish at 5pm. The first job of the day is to check my schedule. This is often UK based driving, delivering or collecting parts that have had to be modified by third party manufacturers, or delivering/collecting customers vehicles.
Q. When do you get to travel with your job?
Travel outside the UK is mostly unexpected and last minute. There are a few exceptions, like ice driving in Norway, or more recently in Sweden. This usually happens in January, February and March. The annual Rally which alternates between Kenya and Morocco also takes me out of the country with my work.
Q. As it is usually last minute travel, have you ever missed out on a trip?
I lost out on taking some emergency parts to Kenya last November as I was in Ireland at the time.
Q. Where has your job taken you?
France, Belgium, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Morocco.
Q. Do you have a favourite place that you have visited for work?
Morocco and Norway for completely different reasons. I was only in Marrakech for a total of 24 hours, but I had 23 hours to myself so I could explore the city. I loved Norway for the thrill of driving on snow and ice for a week at a time in a Porsche 911!
Q. What’s the pay like?
I don’t really do it for the money. I normally only work three days per week.
Q. How did you get into the job?
I didn’t realise that jobs like this existed. I had a full-time job with the Ministry of Defence, when I found out about the driving job through the grapevine, from a friend of a friend.
Q. What advice would you give someone looking to do the job?
If you’re interested in doing this sort of job, keep an eye out for any vacancies. Living in a 25 mile radius of Silverstone (England) also helps, as you are in the heart of the motorsport industry.
Q. Would you recommend your job for someone who likes to travel?
In the motorsport industry, you don’t have to be a support driver to get the opportunity to travel. Teams have to travel to compete in races all over Europe, so if you can get a job in the industry you’ll have a strong chance of travelling with them.
Big thanks, to Phillip for sharing his travel job. Have you always dreamed of a travelling for work? Is this sort of role something you’ve ever thought of?
There are plenty of other options to make your travel job dream a reality. Every month I’ll share suggestions and insights through interviews with real people – people who are actually travelling the world, or part of it, through their job. Visit the ‘Travel Jobs‘ section of Taylor Hearts Travel to discover more.